Upcoming Event: A Commemoration of the Life of Tahir Elçi – Where next for Freedom of Expression in Turkey? – Tues 22 March 6:30pm

Tahir Elçi , President of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, was a fearless human rights defender and consistently principled advocate for minorities across Turkey. A victim of torture himself, Mr Elçi was instrumental in bringing cases of torture, detention and disappearances against Turkey before the domestic courts as well as the European Court of Human Rights.

On 28 November 2015, Tahir Elçi was shot dead following a press conference in Diyarbakir in which he was calling for an end to violence between the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and the authorities.

As freedom of speech comes under increasing attack in Turkey, this seminar will discuss what can be done to improve human rights in the country.

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Seminar – 29th June 6.30pm – 8pm – After the Arab Spring: Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Middle East

This seminar will explore existing and emerging forces across the Middle East four years after the start of the ‘Arab Spring’. The panellists will examine the current human rights situation across the Arab world. In particular, the speakers will consider new trends in women’s activism and political participation in post-uprising Arab countries and the challenges being faced by human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists as an essential aspect of the rule of law….

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Burden of Peace – Film-screening – Monday 22 June 6pm-8pm

The documentary ‘Burden of Peace’ tells the story of Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to lead the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala.The country that has been ravaged for years by a devastating civil war is today one of the most violent in the world. Claudia starts a frontal attack against corruption, drug gangs and impunity and does what everyone had hitherto held to be impossible: she arrests former dictator Efraín Rios Montt on charges of genocide…..

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